IVSA conference, Carlisle

'The production of micro-time'.

Returned recently from the International Visual Sociology Association conference at the University of Cumbria, Carlisle. I was on a panel focusing on military landscapes led by Rachel Woodward and Neil Jenkins from Newcastle University. Other panelist included Ed Walley (Leeds Metropolitan University) and Gair Dunlop (University of Dundee). Both gave fine papers: Ed focused on the visibility/invisibility of the military presence in Yorkshire with an emphasis on the Cold War, while Gair's paper, Regimes of Time and the Militarised 20th Century, explored what he called the 'production of micro-time' (issues relating to nuclear detonation) through to the 'extended' time of obsolescence and entropy. Gair also produced this astounding image from Operation Tumbler-Snapper. I nearly fell off my chair. It still gives me the shivers today. I subsequently learned that the image, of a 'rope trick fireball' was taken one millisecond after detonation.

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Twenty miles from Naples, rising abruptly out of the azure gulf, is the little island of Capri, its shapesomething like a gigantic hour glass. It seems to exercise a peculiar fascination on all visitors to Naples, and few can withstand the temptation of braving the not always pacific Bay of Naples, in order to visit the island which has inspired so many pens.

The special characteristic of the Capri climate is the softness and mildness of the atmosphere. Without being actually relaxing, it is not so stimulating as the Riviera climate. It is also very equable, and there is no unwholesome chill at sunset, as in the former place, or even at Naples, only twenty miles off.


Is the third largest city in Italy, located in the south of the country, on the coast of the Mediterranean Sea. Naples is the capital of Campania and the province of Naples.

The population of the city about one million people, the largest city in South Italy and is located near the volcano Vezovios. Classified by the UNESCO World Heritage List. Naples is a tourist city some important features is the ancient city of Bombay, churches and ancient royal palace and the islands of Capri and the neighboring Iskia


Sicily is an Italian island.it is the largest of the Mediterranean Sea, is located south of the Italian peninsula. It is also the largest constituent of the twenty regions of Italy in terms of land area, covering 25,710 square kilometers, a population of 5.1 million people spread over 390 the number of cities and towns and villages populated, the largest cities of Palermo and is the capital city located on the north-west coast of the island of Sicily and is considered one of the most important tourist sites in Italy, has a kind of self-government


Florence is located in north-western Italy, painting Tbhrk wonderful beauty in the hills and lakes, bright blue skies, and landscapes, where the fertile green fields and buildings, beautiful beaches and magnificent coastline, surrounded by the two sides of the islands in the kind of quiet


City to the north of Italy, the second largest city after the capital of Italy
In spite of that the city of Milan is not the beauty of Rome and the effects of the historical Venice and the streets, or water or the island of Sardinia Bbhrha Blue picturesque, but the capital of the North such as the ancient Bassahatha Aledumo Square and La Scala Opera House and the rich cities of the border near the Swiss

Aledumo Church in Milan

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Weather in Venice, Italy

Located in North-East Italy, the climate in Venice changes dramatically through out the year. In the winter the temperature can drop below freezing, while in the summer the temperatures can soar to a dizzy 35 C / 96 F. Although the climate is variable with influence of the nearby Alps and warm winds sweeping in from North Africa, the humidity remains high all year round. Because of the water that makes Venice so unique, the cooler temperatures feel colder and the warmer temperatures hotter. During the fall and winter months Venice can suffer from flooding, that in November seems to occur on a regular basis. The flooding of Venice is directly related to tides in the Venetian lagoon. So high water "aqua alta", normally only lasts a few hours a day.

Tower of Pisa

Cathedral bell tower is Medinpbiza Italian,
Was supposed to be the tower vertically
Rods, but has yet built in the defined
August 1173 shortly
Consists of an eight-story-built
White marble Roman-style, up to 54.5 meters with a built in drawer
Walls composed of 300 degrees,
Tower of Pisa is one of the wonders of the world


This area is known for a very European and the West in general for its beauty

It is one of the best tourist sites in Italy

Portufino Bafattnp advantage of the port and the magic from the days of the Romans, Valkhalij full of small fishing boats and houses, the corresponding colors to reflect the golden light mixed with red and green hills behind them Almstgayp cross relaxation through the leafy branches sun warm Mediterranean


Rome is the capital of Italy and the largest cities, located in central Italy on the banks of the River Alteveri, named in relation to the Romans, where the ancient capital of a? Mbratorip became the capital of Roman and modern Italy since 1871
Is Vatican City State - the smallest country in the world - within the limits of the city of Rome

This is probably the most famous of the churches, every day they take the pilgrims and visitors from all over the world

The Vatican

The history of the Vatican and the history of the Catholic Church are barely separable. The religious center of Europe since its inception, presiding over the Middle ages, through the enlightenment and still to this day, inside the Vatican museum you will find an enormous collection of art collected through it"s centuries of history, from Egyptian pieces to Etruscan ruins to Renaissance paintings and, of course, the legendary Sistine Chapel. Of all of the museums, not just in Italy but the world over, this one is not to be missed. Deep in the holy center of Vatican City, this museum is a graceful repository of treasures from ranging the entire history of the Vatican and housed in a series of palaces, apartments and galleries leading to the Sistine Chapel.

Vatican Museum

Recognized the Vatican Museum

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Fairy Chimney Hotel in Goreme ll in the region of Cappadocia (Capadokya), central Turkey, the setting for one of the strangest landscapes in the world.

uSleymaniye Mosque is one of the most gorgeous mosques in the world.


The Marmara Bodrum
Bodrum Mugla,y Turke

Clear blue waters by Fethiye coast are the hidden treasures in Turkey for nature lovers.

Turkish fantastic wallpapers

First set of pictures are from Anakra.

Ankara is the capital of Turkey and the country's second largest city after Istanbul. The city has a mean elevation of 850 metres (2,800 ft), and as of 2007 the city had a population of 4,751,360, which includes eight districts under the city's administration.[1] Ankara also serves as the capital of Ankara Province.

As with many ancient cities, Ankara has gone by several names over the ages: The Hittites gave it the name Ankuwash before 1200 BC.[2][3] The Galatians and Romans called it Ancyra. In the classical, Hellenistic, and Byzantine periods it was known as ?????? (?nkyra, meaning Anchor) in Greek. The local Armenians called it Enkare. The city was also known in the European languages as Angora after its conquest by the Seljuk Turks in 1073, and continued to be internationally called with this name until it officially became Ankara with the Turkish Postal Service Law of 1930.[4]

This is the largest mosque in Ankara .. The name means Kojatbh Kocatepe Altbp large ..

The second set of pictures are from Istanbul,

stanbul (Turkish: ?stanbul; historically Byzantium and Constantinople; see the other names of Istanbul) is the largest city in Turkey and fifth largest city proper in the world with a population of 12.6 million. Istanbul is also a megacity, as well as the cultural and financial centre of Turkey. The city covers 27 districts of the Istanbul province.[3] It is located on the Bosphorus Strait and encompasses the natural harbour known as the Golden Horn, in the northwest of the country. It extends both on the European (Thrace) and on the Asian (Anatolia) sides of the Bosphorus, and is thereby the only metropolis in the world that is situated on two continents.

In its long history, Istanbul has served as the capital city of the Roman Empire (330–395), the East Roman (Byzantine) Empire (395–1204 and 1261–1453), the Latin Empire (1204–1261), and the Ottoman Empire (1453–1922). The city was chosen as joint European Capital of Culture for 2010. The historic areas of Istanbul were added to the UNESCO World Heritage List in 1985.[4]

Kizkulesi - The Maiden's Tower located on a small island in the bosphorus.

Now you will see Izmir, the 3rd major city of Turkey
She is located on the west coast of Turkey in the Aegian Sea which is shared by Greece.

?zmir, historically Smyrna, is Turkey's third most populous city and the country's largest port after Istanbul. It is located along the outlying waters of the Gulf of ?zmir, by the Aegean Sea. It is the seat of ?zmir Province, which has an area of 7350 km2. The city of ?zmir is composed of ten metropolitan districts (Balçova, Bornova, Buca, Ci?li, Gaziemir, Güzelbahçe, Kar??yaka, Konak, Menemen, and Narl?dere,), each with its own distinct features and temperament. The total area of the nine districts is 855 km2 (330 sq mi) and together these districts constitute the area of the ?zmir Metropolitan Municipality headed by the Mayor of ?zmir. The total population of the metropolitan municipality was 2,649,582 by the end of 2007.[1] Of these, 2,606,294 were living in central Izmir, consisting of the nine district centres of the metropolitan municipality.[2

A view from Konak Pier.

The view from the upper part of the elevator district.

Finally, these pictures will show you some of the best Mediterranean coasts.

Alanya - Millions of tourists visit this town every year.

View of Kizilkule (Red Tower) in Alanya

A different place

‘Dare to dream...'

The 4th of July celebrations kicked off at RAF Feltwell with a rousing speech by the director of ‘Tops in Blue’ USAF performance troop, in which we were encouraged to ‘dare to dream’ - about what, however, wasn’t all that clear. It seemed less about the possibility of a change in American foreign policy and more about shoring up those ‘values’ which are apparently so crucial to life in a democratic society. Anyway, this all took place in one of the remaining American military enclaves in East Anglia. Lakenheath and Mildenhall are close by but are possibly too sensitive to host an event which is open to local civilians or interested party crashers like yours truly. Feltwell, it seems is no longer the home of the 5th Space Surveillance Squadron (departed in 2003) which, according to Global Security was ‘responsible for detecting, tracking and identifying the status of satellites orbiting Earth’ using ‘the Deep Space Tracking System (DSTS) and low altitude satellites using the Low Altitude Space Surveillance (LASS) system’. That would account for the unavoidable presence of four unique radomes, one of which was used as an improvised projection screen for a vast image of the Statue of Liberty. The 48th Fighter Wing, our host, (also known as the Statue of Liberty Wing) is also based at RAF Lakenheath where, two days earlier, Joe Biden flew in on a ‘unspecified mission’. I didn’t see him here, anyway…